Final-year student, Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)
She has always known that she wants to be a nurse, says Jade Parker who just completed her final semester of her Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) at AUT and is graduating in August.
“I’m passionate about helping people when they’re at their most vulnerable and unwell, and my happiness comes from making a difference to people's lives and wellbeing. I’ve always been passionate about health, the human body and how it works. I enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life and love getting to know them throughout our time together.”
Deciding to study at AUT was easy for Jade.
“I chose AUT because of the exceptional feedback I had heard from past students, and because AUT is one of the world's best modern universities. I felt that AUT truly cared about its students and genuinely worked towards helping them achieve the best education and career outcomes possible. I also knew how good their employability percentage was, and had great confidence that AUT would give me the skills I need to start my career as a registered nurse.”
Creating great graduates
Jade has enjoyed all the encouragement she has received throughout her studies at AUT.
“Every single lecturer and clinical educator made me feel motivated and confident in myself, and my progression through my degree. I also love how ready I feel to enter the workforce once I graduate from AUT. AUT’s nursing programme is closely aligned with the New Zealand Nursing Council competencies and expectations for registered nurses. This degree is very hands-on and teaches you the skills you need to complete clinical placements and eventually work as a nurse.”
She would highly recommend the Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) to other students, says Jade whose dream job would be to work for Auckland District Health Board’s Department of Critical Care or Starship Children’s Hospital.
“If you want a nursing degree at a university that will provide you with support, comprehensive theory and practice skills, then AUT is 100% the place to be. In my papers, I’ve seen the evidence that AUT’s nursing staff make significant efforts to align this degree with the expectations for working as a registered nurse in New Zealand.”
Advice for other students
Jade has some great advice for other students.
“Take every opportunity to learn that AUT provides you, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Never give up on yourself or your dreams.”
There’s help available if you need it, she adds.
“I never once felt like a burden for asking for help and guidance in my classes. AUT staff genuinely want us to do our best and are always happy to provide whatever help we may need.”